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William Ricketts Sanctuary

Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9751 1300
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Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9751 1300
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Mystical place when the mist swirls through the tall mountain ash and reveals Billy Ricketts people and animals. These are kiln dried clay sculptures cleverly worked into the natural rock. If you allow it, it will seep into you as a place to be never...More

Thank handwerks2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a unique place to visit. Best to read up on its history to understand its significance and aboriginal aspect of the place. W Ricketts was a significant person who respected Aboriginal culture. The gardens present his thoughts exceptionally well. It is a precious...More

Thank Chris K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place lives up to its reputation. It really is lovely and the carvings were intricate, beautifully done and interweaved amongst the surrounding trees, rocks and ferns. We were lucky to go midwinter on a weekday and almost had the place to ourselves. Serene, enchanting...More

Thank Rebecca R
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Rainforest meet clay artist, seems too simplistic to describe this artist. This smaller than I imagined from seeing this place on Billy Connolly's World Tour of Australia" A true artist blending nature along with his white & indigenous world with the material of the earth,...More

Thank Brian S
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Driven by this place a number of times but never stopped. We decided to stop last week and were greeted with a serene garden with what seems like huge rock sculptures. They were well done and very realistic and seemed to merge with the landscape...More

Thank Werner R
Reviewed 2 July 2017

It is amazing piece of wood craving. Gr8 masterpiece and brilliant piece of Art, desgn and sculptures. A must go place if anyone visiting Mount Dandenong Region

Thank Ashok S
Reviewed 24 June 2017

William Ricketts created a beautiful sanctuary filled with over 100 clay sculptures. Through his artwork his theme of a modern Australia that embraces Aboriginal spirituality and respect for the natural world is conveyed. The sanctuary itself is located in a serene fern glade thick with...More

Thank globetrekkerphx
Reviewed 13 June 2017

I loved this place when visiting over 35 years ago and always hankered to go back. I've changed a lot in that time, and it has evolved too especially with William Ricketts having died in 1993 in his mid-90s. To sit and listen to him...More

Thank NZer_101
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

My husband and I stumbled across this park and were intrigued by the beautiful timber carving with each corner of the park holding a secret. William Rickett seemed to be quite an eccentric Artist with a love of the natural environment and its people. A...More

Thank Chellemac
Reviewed 11 May 2017

William Ricketts is a nice stop for a bit of sight seeing. It's relatively small so it doesn't take much time at all to go through and see the different carvings and beautiful foliage. We did see a few native birds which was cool as...More

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Response from Leah P | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so, i didn't see any dogs while in the sanctuary.
21 June 2015|
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Response from Robert S | Reviewed this property |
I would think you must rent a car and meander around the area of the sanctuary as the small towns / villages are amazing. I doubt if public transit goes there but I am not from the area. The sanctuary was mind boggling but... More